5 delicious pumpkin recipes to warm up the autumn days

What to do with those leftover Halloween pumpkins? Turn 'em into tasty treats

October is here, and chances are you won't get by without cooking with the season’s most iconic ingredient. Whether you're scratching your head to make use of the Halloween pumpkins, or simply fancy a heartwarming soup when the weather gets colder, we have five recipes to help you out courtesy of Xiaolu, founder of Shanghai-based vegan eatery Antler Canteen.

Search 'Antler_Canteen' on WeChat for more recipes and plant-based diet news. 

By Mandy Tie
Pumpkin coconut soup
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Pumpkin coconut soup

Serve this soup piping hot from the pot or enjoy it as achilled appetiser.


Ingredients (serves 4) 


700g pumpkin (skin and seeds removed) 

1/2 cup of cooked brown rice 

50g mix of green peas, sweet corn and diced carrots 

400ml coconut milk 

700ml hot water 

Sea salt and pepper to taste 

2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil 

1 sprig of rosemary 


Method

1. Slice and steam the pumpkin until it’s cooked through(you can also do this by putting the sliced pumpkin underhigh heat in a microwave for five to six minutes). 


2. Place the pumpkin, brown rice, peas, sweet corn, carrots,coconut milk, hot water and salt and pepper in a blenderand blend until thick and even. 


3. Warm up the olive oil in a small pan on low heat. Putthe rosemary in and stir until fragrant, then stir the oil androsemary combination into the soup. 


4. Drizzle with an extra spoonful of coconut milk to serve.Garnish with watercress or mint leaves if you like.

Baked pumpkin seeds
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Baked pumpkin seeds

A healthy, energy-packed snack you for anytime of the day. 


Ingredients

Fresh pumpkin seeds

Sea salt 


Method

1. Remove seeds from the pumpkin and rinse withwater, then dry them with a tea towel. 


2. Preheat the oven to 150 Celsius. Spread them out on abaking tray with even spaces between seeds. Bake yourbatch for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 120degrees and bake for another 20 minutes. 


3. Let the seeds cool before serving or storing in airtightcontainers. Sprinkle with sea salt once dry if you like.

Pumpkin 'fudge'
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Pumpkin 'fudge'

This dessert is inspired by a Chinese and Japanese sweet called yang geng (羊羹)which is traditionally made with chestnuts,sweet peas or sweet potatoes. Perhaps most similar to fudge, these cakes go nicely with green tea. 


Ingredients (serves 2)

300g pumpkin (skin and seeds removed) 

10g gelatin sheet (vegetarian: 10g of agar) 

30g granulated sugar 


Method

1. Soak the gelatin sheet in cold water until it softens. 

2. Cook the pumpkin by steaming or microwaving. Drain and mash together with the granulated sugar. 

3. Place the softened gelatin sheet in a pan over low heat until the sheet has completely dissolved. Once that is done, stir the liquid gelatin into the sweetened pumpkin mash and mix well. 

4. Place the mixture into the fridge and let it chill for two hours or more until it sets.

Pumpkin shiitake bowls
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Pumpkin shiitake bowls

Great as a main dish for the family to enjoy this fall, the fried rice in this recipe gives it a hearty kick while the edible pumpkin bowl adds a naturally sweet flavour. A must-try. 


Ingredients (serves 2)

One small pumpkin (for serving) 

3 dried shiitake mushrooms 

40g uncooked bacon 

80g cooked brown rice 

160g cooked basmati rice 

Salt and light soy sauce to taste 

Water 


Method

1. Soak the mushrooms in filtered water overnight for at least six hours. In the morning,slice the softened shiitake into strips. Keep the shiitake water. 

2. To make the pumpkin bowl, cut off the upper third of the pumpkin, then remove the seeds from the lower two-thirds and wash. Steam and set aside the pumpkin to be used as a container. To make the fried rice, dice the bacon and fry in a wok over low heat, stirring every so often to ensure enough grease is released to cover the bottom of the wok. Add the brown rice, basmati rice and shiitake to the wok and stir-fry for two to three minutes. 


3. Pour the rice mixture into a pot (ideally clay).Stir in salt, soy sauce and the shiitake water to taste. Make sure the rice mixture doesn’t have too much water in it to avoid a soggy texture. 


4. Bring the mixture to a boil on the stove then simmer on low heat for five minutes (with the lid on.) Remove from heat and let the rice cool for another 15 minutes. 


5. Scoop rice into the steamed pumpkin bowls and serve hot. Garnishings like parsley or coriander optional.

Pumpkin tarlets
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Pumpkin tarlets

Ingredients (makes four tartlets) 


For the pastry:
150g light flout (non bread flour)
75g unsalted butter
1 egg yolk
45ml milk

For the filling:
350g pumpkin mash (cooked)
3 egg yolks
20g unsalted butter (melted)
90g light cream
20-40g granulated sugar to taste
1 tablespoon rum
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method


To make the pastry

1. Whisk the egg yolk with the butter until the mixture is light and fluffy. 

2. Sieve flour into the mixture and blend with your hands. The dough should be fairly soft to the touch. Add a dash of cold milk if it's too hard.

3. Bring the dough together into a ball, cover with cling film and place in the fridge for an hour (overnight if possible). 

4. Once the dough has set, roll it out into a three millimetre-thin sheet. Cut round shapes out of the pastry that are the same in diameter as your pastry tins. Place the round pastry shapes firmly in tins. Use a fork to poke holes in the pastry so it bakes evenly. 

To make the filling

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until even. 

2. Once the pastry has cooled, fill tins up by carefully spooning in the mixture. Put the tartlets back into the oven and bake at 180 degrees for another ten minutes. 

3. Let the tartlets cool before serving. Enjoy! 

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